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Mr Punch's Golf Stories -

Circa 1920 - The Educational Book Co. Ltd. by arrangement with The Proprietors of “Punch”., London
A fine copy in attractive recent binding, with numerous anecdotes and 136 illustrations.

There are few pastimes that provide their followers with more innocent merriment than is afforded by “the royal and ancient”.

It may be taken that there is no better way of reducing a man’s self-conceit than to place him on the teeing ground for the first time, present him with a driver and invite him to strike a little rubber-cored ball to a distance of 200 yards in a given direction.

Consequently we have here most excellent material for fun; and you may depend upon it MR. PUNCH has not had his eyes long shut to the humours of the links.
 
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Ladies in the Rough - Signed - Glenna Collett, James M. Neville

1928 - Alfred A. Knopf, New York - First Edition
Signed in 1929 by Glenna Collett when she was in Pinehurst, North Carolina, to win her fifth Women's North & South Amateur Championship in eight years. She won again the following year for the sixth and final time.

A fine autobiography by the dominant American female golfer of the first half of the 20th century, nicknamed the female Bobby Jones, as much for her composure and sportsmanship as for her astonishing achievements. Full of lively anecdotes and opinions, numerous photographs on 27 plates. With a foreword by Bobby Jones.

To make oneself a successful match player, there are certain qualities to be sought after, certain ideas must be kept in mind and certain phases of one's attitude towards the game that come in for special notice. The three I have taken are these: love of combat, serenity of mind and fearlessness

‘Glenna Collett Vare (1903-1989) won six U.S., two Canadian, and one French Women's Amateur Championships. In her day there was no professional women's tour. The LPGA’s Vare trophy, given to the player with the lowest scoring average, is awarded in her honour.’ -
World Golf Hall of Fame.

Glenna was the first woman to attack the hole rather than just to play to the green’ - Former USGA president Richard Tufts. 
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Golf Between Two Wars - Bernard Darwin

1944 - Chatto & Windus, London - First Edition
A finely bound first edition of Darwin’s recollections of the great golf and golfers, champions and championships, covering two of the most interesting decades in the history of the game. The 1920s and ‘30s were a time when, Darwin realised upon reflection, 'almost everything happened'. Illustrated with nineteen black and white photographs.

‘One of Mr. D’s most famous books’ – Joseph S. F. Murdoch,
The Library of Golf.

Golf’s finest scribe, Bernard Darwin, whose grandfather was Charles Darwin, never trained as a journalist. He studied law at Cambridge, but was unhappy as a Barrister. "Once Darwin dipped his toe into golf writing, the reports he produced regularly for The Times of London over a 45 year period and his ruminative essays for the weekly Country Life possessed a quality that no one else has ever approached." –
Herbert Warren Wind. 
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Golf - The Badminton Library of Sports and Pastimes. - Horace G. Hutchinson (Duke of Beaufort, Editor; Assisted by Alfred E.T. Watson).

1890 - Longmans, London - First Edition
‘One of the great books of the sport and deserves an honoured spot in every golf library.’ - Joseph Murdoch, The Library of Golf.

An unusually bright sharp and mostly uncut copy, in a fine custom clamshell case with tipped-on
Vanity Fair colour print of the flamboyant Horace Hutchinson himself. Covering the history of golf, celebrated golfers and celebrated links, styles, etiquette, giving odds, and, I assume, relevant for the day - ‘hints to cricketers who are taking up golf’. Illustrated by Thomas Hodge and Harry Furniss with 22 plates, several woodcuts in text, and many further illustrations.

Hutchinson, one of the best sports writers and editors of his era, was also an accomplished golfer, captain of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, winner of the first two official British Amateur Championships in 1886 and 1887, and known for his comment that ‘
if profanity had an influence on the flight of the ball, the game of golf would be played far better than it is. 
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1912 - Longmans, London - First Edition
An interesting and broad ranging collection of articles on how to play golf by turn of the century highly respected writes and players such as Bernard Darwin, and May Hezlet. Illustrated throughout with 66 early black and white photographs.

Scarce in the original bright pictorial boards, clearly demonstrating how fashion on the links is no longer what it used to be.

In five parts -
How to Learn; Elementary Instruction; From the Professional’s Point of View; Men of Genius; and From the Ladies Point of View. 
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Golfing - The “Oval” Series of Games - Horace Hutchinson, C. W. Alcock (Editor)

1893 - George Routledge & Sons, London - First Edition
A rather scarce first edition of this early golfing title, in the original pictorial paper boards, without restoration or rebinding.

By the great Horace Hutchinson, an accomplished golfer who won the first two official British Amateur Championships in 1886 and 1887, and he was also a writer of considerable skill.

Illustrated with three black and white photographic plates.
 
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Golf - Cecil Leitch

1922 - J. B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia & London - First American Edition issued same year as the First English Edition.
The golfing life and experiences of this very great English lady golfer’ - Joseph Murdoch, The Library of Golf.

Charlotte Cecilia Pitcairn Leitch (nicknamed Cecil) was the first superstar of women’s golf. In 1914 she won the first of her four British Ladies Amateurs, taking the title from Muriel Dodd. Her opportunity to possibly win several more was interrupted for five years during the First World War. She retired having won 12 national titles, five French Ladies Amateurs and one Canadian Women's Amateur.

WIth fifty illustrations, including photographic plate laid onto front covers, and full page black and white photographs.
 
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1896 - Longmans, London - First Edition
A neatly presented first edition by ‘one of golf’s first true Renaissance men – two-time Open champion, golf equipment maker, golf writer and one of the world’s best golf course architects’ [World Golf Hall of Fame].

‘The first book to be written by a playing professional, and, thus, the forerunner of many books in which a champion would reveal the "secret" of his success. Park also includes important historical data on equipment, with an important chapter on course architecture.’ [Murdoch,
The Library of Golf.]

Profusely illustrated with full page plates and in-text, from photographs and wood engravings.

Bernard Darwin has this to say about Willie Park - ‘A remarkable man. Not for him the old hand-to-mouth, happy-go-lucky standards of his profession. He had a large, and successful club-making business with a London shop; he was a thoughtful golf architect, in an altogether different class to those who had pegged out greens and built rampart bunkers by rule of thumb. He had his own golf course at Huntercombe and though this was not, I fear, a pleasant speculation for him, he has left it in other hands as a pleasant monument to his skill. He was a notable and outstanding personality.’
 
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